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Bravo Giovanni (1962 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B00006BXI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture/Rome
2. Uriti
3. Breachy's Law
4. I'm All I've Got
5. The Argument
6. Signora Pandolfi/The Kangaroo
7. If I Were The Man
8. Steady, Steady
9. We Won't Discuss It
10. Ah! Camminare
11. Virtue, Arrivederci
12. Bravo, Giovanni/One Little World Apart
13. Miranda
14. Finale
15. Steady, Steady By Michele Lee

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Classical bass Cesare Siepi made his Broadway debut with this 1962 show. Haven't heard of it? No wonder; it closed after 76 performances. Set in Rome, the show has a convoluted plot that involves the rivalry between two restaurants, one a mom-and-pop trattoria, the other a chainlike establishment. Siepi doesn't do so well with the farcical show tunes ("Breachy's Law"), but he lets it rip on such songs as "If I Were the Man" and the vivacious "We Won't Discuss It." (One can only dream of what might have happened to him had he been cast in, say, South Pacific.) As is so often true in musicals, the women steal the show. As Giovanni's brassy love interest, Michele Lee belts out "I'm All I've Got" and "Steady, Steady," a song so good that it could have been written by Jule Styne (a swinging version from Lee's 1966 solo album is a bonus track here). Those who don't care much for mock Italianate shenanigans should go straight for Maria Kornilova's "The Kangaroo," a delirious number in which she goes over various dances ("You hop! You hop! You wiggle and then you hop!") with a gusto that's Broadway at its best: it's over the top, it knows it, and it doesn't care. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on August 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
May 19, 1962 - Broadhurst Theatre, NY, USA . . . What a casting coup: Cesare Siepi, the finest Don Giovanni of his day, as the lead in a new musical called BRAVO GIOVANNI!!!

Widely regarded as one of the greatest pieces of music ever composed, Mozart's opera about the legendary Don Juan has been a staple since it premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague on October 29, 1787. After is 76 performances on Broadway (except for a staged reading of the show a few years ago in Cleveland), I don't believe BRAVO GIOVANNI has ever been staged, and it's quite unlikely that it ever will be. Perhaps the culprit is A. J. Russell's book, based on "The Crime of Giovanni Venturi" by Howard Shaw, because the score is really quite charming.

Kelly Ferjutz writes on Cool Cleveland .com: " . . . it's a perfectly delightful musical comedy of the 1960s. It's not at all in-your-face, being rather sweet and nice and innocent in its nature. Nothing wrong with that at all. It has tuneful singable songs--bunches of them--with clever lyrics. It has a couple of gorgeous love ballads--one sung by Giovanni to Miranda, his love--and one sung by her to him. There are a couple of comedic patter songs--one of them an Italian menu set to music (which would certainly make one hungry just listening), and one sung by the inebriated antagonist." Not to mention Maria Karnilova's show-stopping rendition of "The Kangaroo." Curiously, the one minor hit from the show, "Steady, Steady," is also the only song that really doesn't "fit" with the rest of the score. What the heck.

Known to millions from TVs "Knot's Landing," Michelle Lee was only 19 when GIOVANNI opened on Broadway. And she's a knockout as Miranda.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Novoa on October 10, 2011
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Although Bravo Giovanni might not be the best musical in history, Cesare Siepi might have been the best voice in history. If you are a fan of Cesare Siepi ("sovereign bass of the Met and La Scala" according to Voice of Firestone), then this is a must have recording. Songs such as "If I were the man" and "Miranda" are sung without compare by Siepi. I'm happy to be a proud owner of this recording.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
BRAVO GIOVANNI is a dismal Broadway musical, perhaps only redeemed by the always-reliable performers Michele Lee and Maria Karnilova.
The score by Ronny Graham and Milton Shafer attempts to bridge the gap between Broadway and Italian music, but only really has a few golden moments; most memorable are Michele Lee's songs "I'm all I've Got" and "Steady, Steady". Maria Karnilova also impresses in her now-legendary "Kangaroo".
The cast is headed by Cesare Siepi. I wish I could say that he rises above the material here, but he is drowned by the maudlin lyrics and average melodies that infest his songs. The cast also includes George S. Irving, Lu Leonard, Buzz Miller, Arnold Soboloff and Gene Varrone; all capable and seasoned veterans who deserved better material.
There is also a supplementary track of "Steady, Steady" in a souped-up version from Michele Lee's album 'A Taste of the Fantastic' that she recorded 4 years later.
A must-own for Broadway fans, but others won't enjoy it all that much.
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This was a great trip down memory lane. We saw the play on Broadway back in 1962 when I was stationed at Suffolk County AFB out at Westhampton. The music was great, and the show was a great launching pad for Michelle Lee. I was mistaken in thinking that this was a video of the play, so was a little disappointed to learn that it was only a music CD. But it was still very enjoyable.
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